Danny Hillow


Would you want to work on BMW?

Ohio Technical College offers a course that will train you specifically in BMW and offer you a spot as a technical upon graduation.

When enrolled if Ohio Technical College you will have the option to pursue the BMW course known as “Fast Track.”  Not anyone can join!  You must attain a high average in all of your classes and then therefore you are picked to be accepted in the program.

What does the course do for you?

By getting accepted into the course you will learn the ins and and outs of BMW.  Drive-line, electrical, suspension, brakes, exhaust, and learn how different software’s.  I believe the course is a 3 month program that if you pass you can be accepted to any BMW program around the world.  The neat thing is that is one of the only ways to get into a BMW dealership.

Is the course worth taking?

I would say Yes!  I personally did not take the course but my buddy that graduated with me did.  He said “the course opened his eyes up to a new world of electrical.”  Many things are taught in that program that you will not find in the original training of OTC.  This course allowed him to quit his job as a roofer and become a certified technician with more pay and benefits.  He now is currently making $60k a year as a technician with 4 years of experience. I would say that is not bad at all!

Choosing a Dealership?

Choosing a dealership after you graduate can be a hard decision.  These are some questions you should ask yourself?  Where do I want to live? What is the cost of living?  How much will I get paid?  Money does give you the freedom to have what you want!  I would figure out your expenses and go from there.  My friend named Shane works at a place called International BMW.  The cost of living was not that high and ultimately it was close to home.  There are a lot of factors that go into play but ultimately decide over a couple of days and don’t make a rash decision.

Great opportunity?

I really think if you like BMW and would love to work on that particular brand this would be a great option for you.  All you have to do is get good scores on your test and pass the course. Bmw treats there technician very well.  There is a very low turnover rate.  I kind of wish I did it.  So if you have any questions just go ahead and try it out.  The option you have moving forward in infinite.  If you have more questions about the course contact me.

Places to Work?

Have you thought about places to work?  Picking a company to work for is a very important step for your career.  Finding the right company that has great benefits along with pay is hard thing to come by.

I can tell you from experience!  When I started I asked myself these same questions.  I started working in family owned automotive shops.  After working at several independent shops I realized that it was a good place to get your feet wet.  When you first start off your not going to very productive and make the flat rate pay scale all the time.  You will most likely spend a little more on a job then what the book calls for.  By working an hourly rate at a smaller shop this will give you the ability to learn and experience more hands work.  I would say working for a smaller shop to start for an automotive or diesel technician is a smart choice.

After I had experience I began working on school buses.  Working on smaller vehicles to school buses was a big change.  I began to adapt quickly though.  I started off working as a technician and slowly worked up over the years as a shop manager.  I really think once you get experience picking a bigger company that has more money to spend will be in your favor.  When I started off I was not making that much money.  After working my way up I realized that there was more potential and opportunity in bigger company’s to move up and make more pay.  There is only so many places you can move up in a smaller shop and they can only pay you so much.  Generally a bigger company is going to have more leverage.  If you could find a place with a expensive fleet like school buses, semis, limo’s, or even boats.  When a company can afford a fleet, they can afford to pay you.  When your working on someones fleet you will generally always be busy due to amount of vehicles.  These are just some things to think about.  These are very vivid points that you should think about.  I  just wanted to give you some advice.  I’m not saying smaller companies are bad but there are more potential in bigger companies in my opinion.

Take this home!  Finding a job or changing jobs can be a big risk.  In my opinion I would say always explore your options but remember to do your research on that particular company that you are looking at.  There are many site out there like BBB that will tell you about that certain company you are looking for.  They will give you reviews and let you know different things about that company.  I hoped this helped.  If you questions contact me.

Purchasing a Tool Box

Have you thought about buying a toolbox to be a technician?   There any many different tool boxes and I hope I can give you some value when purchasing a tool box.  Buying a tool box should be thought as a long term investment.  If you buy quality brands your tool box will last forever and could be handed down through your generation.  The brand is not that important as it are the key factors listed below but Matco, Mac, and Snap-on are good brands to check out.  Overall quality of the box and making sure it is well built is very important.  Tool boxes can cost from $500 to at least $10,000.  Having a budget and shopping around is the most important thing when purchasing a box.  A tool truck will always charge more then finding someone on craigslist or other sources.  Make sure you look around before buying.  If you need you tool box towed to a shop just click here.  If you have any questions about tool boxes just let me know.  Click Here.

10 Key Factors to think about when Purchasing.

  1. Budget
  2. Ball Bearing
  3. Drawers Size
  4. Quality Wheel Casters
  5.  Locking Mechanism
  6. Weight of Box (Heavier the Better)
  7. Height of Box
  8. How is Put Together?
  9. Warranty


Technical School

Here are some common questions people ask when thinking about going in the field.  Do I need a degree?  Do I need to go to school?  The answer is no!  By attending school or additional training it will give you the leverage over another person who didn’t.    By going to school you will have the option to get ASE certified in specific areas.  You can also earn your associates degree in school.   Ohio Technical College, Universal Technical Institute, and Wyo Tech are some of the top automotive and diesel schools in the country.

Once you get your foot in the door and start working at a company you are going to want to absorb and learn from all the technicians.  By being productive as possibly will earn you more money, especially if you are working flat-rate.  Plan on it taking 5 years in the field to become a master technician.  Becoming a master technician you will not only have to have years of experience in the field but pass all of your ASE tests including: automotive transmission/transaxle, heating and air-conditioning, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance and engine repair.  Once these are completed you will be consider an ASE MASTER Technician.

What is the pay for being a technician?  The pay can very from state and the specific work you are doing.  The low for a technician is $35,000 a year while the high is $60,000.  If you are planning on going into this field just make sure you are 100% sure.  Lots of money is invested in tools and schooling.

Final Note.  They are always going to make more vehicles.  The U.S. will always develop more technology.  As long as this stays true there will always be a demand for technicians.  Many employees are looking for educated students who can grow with there company.  This is why learning all principles of automotive or diesel is vital to your success.

The number of vehicles in the U.S. is expected to rise, which should result in the need for more technicians.  As vehicles last longer, there will be an demand for basic repair. A large number of openings are going to occur in automotive dealerships and independent repair shops because everyone needs a car for transportation.  Having an education will give you a slight edge.  One thing to take home with you. Learn everything about computer systems, electrical systems, and alternative fuels because that is the future.  Stay tune for more.  Contact me with any questions.


Automotive or Diesel

Have you thought about going in the Automotive or Diesel industry?  There are many different factors when choosing which field you should go into.  I will give you my two cents on both fields.

Diesel-Generally when your working on diesel engines they are a less complex to work on depending what vehicle it is in.  The parts on diesel engines are bigger which can be a good or a bad.  While working on trucks you will be climbing, crawling, lifting, pushing, and pulling.  Most Diesel shops have more room so you will not be shorted for space.  It has been proven by www.payscale.com that Diesel technician generally get paid more.  Most Diesel technicians get paid salary or hourly.

Automotive-Working on cars they are obviously smaller which make it more cramped to work on.  You will be do less crawling and climbing due to the fact that you are working from a lift.  Automotive industry you are either going to get paid hourly or flat rate.  Technicians are required to work at a fast pace to get the job done asap.  Working in the automotive industry tends to be less greasy.

Note- If you want to work in Automotive or Diesel you better develop a strong mindset.  More technicians will talk trash to you.  If you cant handle this I would recommend you do something else. COME BACK FOR MORE INFORMATION!

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